OP girls move to 8-0
When Jamestown scored a goal in the first few minutes of the game, it was the first time Orchard Park trailed all season. The Quakers ended up receiving quite a wake-up call.
Orchard Park, ranked No. 1 in The News' large school poll, scored three goals in the final three minutes of the first half and pulled away from the Red Raiders, 5-1, in girls soccer. Cassidy Kozub scored a goal and added two assists for the Quakers, who remained perfect at 8-0.
"We have a lot of seniors, a lot of experience and they kind of sorted it out themselves and it slowly came together for them," Orchard Park coach Mike Graffeo said.
East Aurora, the area's No. 1 small school team, moved up to 8-1 overall and 7-0 in ECIC III play after defeating Cheektowaga, 4-1.
Also in ECIC III action, Erin Wootderick punched in the winner while Katie Zielen-Ersing finished with seven saves in Springville's 2-1 victory over Amherst.
Shutout for East Aurora
Parker Healy and Ryan Keller scored two goals each as East Aurora, The News' top-ranked small school in boys soccer, shut out Maryvale, 6-0, in ECIC III play. The Blue Devils are 7-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
In ECIC III boys soccer, Lake Shore moved up to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in league play as Wade Bergum scored the Eagles' lone goal and goalkeeper Bryce Parker-Norton recorded the shutout in the team's triumph over Amherst.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Grand Island's Jake Dixson scored a goal and Justin Figler was credited with the shutout in the Vikings' 1-0 victory over winless North Tonawanda.
Sciandra sparks Will North
Williamsville North has been working on its offensive efficiency of late and it seemed to pay off against East Aurora. Petrina Sciandra scored two goals in the Spartans' 5-1 victory over the Blue Devils in field hockey.
"It was important for us to score some goals and get our confidence up a little bit,'' Spartans coach Sara Colombo said. "Our focus was creating scoring opportunities and our passing."
In Niagara-Orleans play, Barker goalie Caitlyn Mason recorded the shutout in the Raiders' 3-0 win over Roy-Hart. Barker is now 7-0.
Quakers bounce back
The feeling of losing to Frontier last week was something Orchard Park didn't want to experience again anytime soon. Since then, OP has played with a renewed focus.
Noele Poloncarz recorded 35 assists to the lead the Quakers, the area's No. 1 large school girls volleyball team, to a 3-1 triumph over Williamsville North. After losing the first game, 25-20, Orchard Park rolled in the next three games, including building a 16-0 lead in the fourth and final set.
"Noele did a great job and got to the ball really easy so our hitters had some great opportunities to make some plays,'' Orchard Park coach Greg Lardo said. "You see our confidence growing."
Katie Porzio finished with 16 kills for Iroquois in the Chiefs' 3-2, win over West Seneca East in ECIC II.